Celebrity Wife Swap with Gary Busey, Ted Hagard cancels shoot at GLBT center, which producers threatened to sue

For the Wife Swap spin-off Celebrity Wife Swap, actor turned reality star Gary Busey and his girlfriend Steffanie Sampson are switching with pastor Ted Haggard and his wife, Gayle, and a planned shoot Thursday was cancelled because details leaked to the media.

They were going to appear today at the GLBT Pride Center in Colorado Springs to box care packages for gay and lesbian soldiers, but didn’t show because, as The Gazette reports, its Wednesday story “revealed details about ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ and the planned shoot Thursday — and the news was picked up by People magazine, the Washington Post and others — the producers scrapped their trip to the Pride Center and went with a plan B.”

The real zinger is that the director of the center “said producers for Zodiac USA, which is shooting the show for ABC, threatened to sue him if if he says anything about the new series or its stars,” according to the paper.

The paper’s original story noted that “there are several surprising parallels between Busey and Haggard. Busey is a born-again Christian and active minister with Promise Keepers, and Haggard has returned to the ministry as pastor of St. James, a new nondenominational Christian church in Colorado Springs.” Haggard is also known for his relationship with a male escort.

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